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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard – and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


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Lutsenko Comments Draw Fire - Whats Up?

Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko is drawing fire for a series of crude comments concerning a group to which many read ers of this magazine belong: foreigners living in Ukraine. The nation’s top law enforcement officer had this to say last week, after being informed at a meeting with police authori ties that a certain number of foreigners, apparently Chinese, had received work permits in Ukraine: “Why? Is our own la bour force not enough? Do you want to go to China? Buy a ticket and go there on vacation.” He continued, “You may consider me a racist, but I won’t allow Kyiv to turn into anoth er Kharkiv or Odessa.”


Light Rail Coming to Town - Whats Up?

In a welcome move toward transportation sanity in a city groaning under the burden of its traffic situation, Kyiv could be building its first ‘above ground metro’  that is, a light rail system. The new light rail line will travel from Troeschina to Svyatoshin. Hopefully it will lead to other such projects, which will do far more to turn Kyiv into the progressive, healthily develop  ing city it aspires to be than all the gassy comments from President Yush chenko about Kyiv’s being a ‘European capital’ ever could.


Elita-Centre Justice Might Be On Way - Whats Up?

One of the more vicious Ukrainian crimes of the last couple of years might be nearing closure, as reports are that alleged Elita Centre villain Alexander Volkonsky will be extradited back to Ukraine from Switzerland, where he’d applied for asylum. Readers will remember that the Elita Centre scandal was one of those ugly events that helped pop the euphoric post Orange Revolu tion bubble. It involved a real estate company collecting more than $100 mil lion from Ukrainians and promising to build them Kyiv apartments, and then disappearing with the cash. Some 1,800 Ukrainians were ripped off.


Will Russian Fleet Leave Crimea? - Whats Up?

What are the chances that the Russian Black Sea naval fleet will leave its Crimean port of Sevastopol when its lease runs out in 2017? Some might answer ‘a snowball’s chance in hell’. But that’s exactly the chance that Ukraine’s government is betting on, as the Foreign Ministry is planning to put before the Rada a law mandating that the Russians hit the seas at the end of the contracted period. It’s all part of the jockeying between two countries with increasingly different views of the world, and it’s go  ing to be interesting to see how it turns out. Russia’s foreign ministry has already denounced the bill, saying that it “prevents constructive negotia tions on this issue from taking place” and calling it “premature”.


Builders Dig up Grisly Remains - Whats Up?

A Ukrainian Jewish group is trying halt construction of an Odessa shop−ping mall because the new complex is going up on a site where as many as 26,000 Holocaust victims are buried. It’s the grisliest news story of the year and an almost pat metaphor for the way commerce rules the roost here in today’s Ukraine. An estimated 1.4 million of the Soviet UNI0N’s 2.4 million Jews died during the Great Patriotic War, and many of them are buried in mass graves that don’t receive proper respect. Burial sites have been disturbed in post−Soviet countries before, but this particu−lar instance is especially upsetting, if eyewitness accounts are to be believed.


Ukraine’s Olympic Heroes Overcome NOC Corruption - Ukraine Abroad

Coming up is the sporting and international event of the year: the Beijing Olympic Games. What are the Ukrainian team’s perspectives for Olympic glory this August? We looked into it  and into the politicisation that mars this country’s Olympic scene.
Those familiar with Ukraine’s Olympic team say that viewers should keep their eyes on five athletes: swimmers Oleg Lisogor and Yana Klochkova, gymnast Anna Bezsonova, shot-putter Yuriy Bilonog andfemale wrestler Iryna Merleni. Lisogor, from the Kyiv region, is a multiple world and European champion and the world record-holder in the 50 metre breast-stroke. He’s considered Ukraine’s best swimmer at the moment and will be participating in his third Olympic Games.


Glass Etchings and Performance Art Meet at Ann Gallery - This Week

‘Between Shape and Content’, art by Nestor Kyslenko, Ann gallery (21B Basseyna), till 14 August
Ann gallery presents a project by top artist  Nestor Kyslenko consisting of both etchings and performance piece. At his last show the original Kyslenko presented interesting performances featuring fire and water, but this time he’s dialing things down a notch and inspecting what happens when light combines with glass. The female form is the big theme of this collection.


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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didn’t Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Univer­sal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they don’t understand the meaning of these words.

Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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